In 2015, I came here with Mission Blue expedition leader and photographer, Kip Evans, to dive, speak, and meet Ribbink and the Hope Spot champions. All of South Africa’s coast, right to the edge of the exclusive economic zone and beyond, should be regarded with the utmost respect and treated as a giant Hope Spot, worthy of enhanced protection.
The ocean in the past has been valued largely for shipping, recreation, and as a source of commodities — from whales and fish, to minerals, oil, and gas. But the most important thing we extract from the ocean is our existence. Our appetite for ocean wildlife is linked to sharp declines affecting not only such phenomena as South Africa’s sardine run and the loss of sharks, whales, and tuna, but it also has an effect on the carbon cycle, ocean chemistry, and climate change.
Which Rolex do you wear?
I actually have three: one of them with a beautifully textured woven band that I wear on special occasions. My serious expedition watch is the Rolex Deepsea, capable of withstanding a depth of 3,900m. I usually wear this watch diving, and almost always when I am in a submarine, but it could also work just as well in the sea outside of most submarines. The third is a beautiful gold watch: a Rolex Datejust 31 that I remove only when it is replaced by one of the other two. It goes from black-tie events to business meetings to treks on a beach to diving in kelp forests and coral reefs. Actually, all three have served as diving watches at one time or another.
Do you wear the same watch in and out of the water?
But of course!